For Young Drivers

CTAD, in partnership with the police departments of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood and Riverwoods have gathered important information for young drivers and their families. You can download the brochure to print and share, or see the information below.

Drinking & Drugged Driving

  • The use of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs impairs the ability to safely drive.
  • Reaction time is slower.
  • Decision making is slower.
  • Attention to driving conditions
    & other traffic is decreased.
  • Each of the five local communities has
    a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and possession of alcohol.
    No blood alcohol level is allowed.
    Those caught face possible arrest, fines, towed car, notification of parents, court or administrative hearings, and loss of driver’s license.
  • License suspension can result from underage drinking arrests whether driving or at a party.
  • Drugged driving is being under the influence of substances such as cannabis, heroin, and prescription medications—as well as sleep aids and other over the counter drugs.

Safety Data

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 16 to 19.
  • 6 out of 10 highway deaths between ages 16-20 are alcohol related.
  • In fatal crashes involving one car,
    2/3 of drivers are legally intoxicated.
  • In a study of driver deaths across six states, 28% of drivers tested positive for drugs. Of those, 12% tested positive for marijuana and 5% for opioids.

Curfew & Graduated Licenses

  • The license of a teen under 18 is invalid after curfew. A teen may be subject to arrest for driving without a license, and insurance coverage may cease.
  • For the first 12 months of licensing or until 18 years of age, drivers may have no more than one passenger under the age of 20, excluding siblings.
  • 5 Communities Curfew for Teens Under 18  (17 in Highwood): Sun-Thur: 11pm; Fri-Sat: Midnight. (Illinois driving curfew is one hour earlier). Teens may not be in public unless with a parent or traveling to/from work. Other exceptions apply in each community. Curfew lifts at 6am. Deerfield curfew is an hour earlier for teens under 16.

Cell Phones & Electronic Devices

  • Driving with earphones in both ears is not allowed.
  • TVs must be out of the driver’s view.
  • Per state law, while driving, a hands-free system must be used with any electronic device (including phone, GPS or iPod). Drivers under 19, however, may not use a cell phone with or without a hands-free device.

Cost of Impaired Driving

  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Loss or damage of vehicle
  • Increased cost of insurance: $1,900 +
  • Cost of DUI fines: $2,500 or more
  • Cost of lawyer: $5,000 +
  • A collision can result in you, your friends, or someone else involved to be injured, disabled or even killed
  • Arrest for DUI, or for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, may affect participation in sports, clubs and other events at Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools.

Illinois State Consequences

Possession, Consumption, Purchase, or Receipt of Alcohol by a Minor
Six month suspension for 1st conviction, one year for second, and license revocation for subsequent violations.

Transportation of Alcohol in an Automobile by a Person under 21
Anyone in the car can be fined up to $1,000. The driver faces mandatory one-year suspension and $1,000 fine.

Underage DUI/Driving Under the Influence Conviction
First conviction may result in up to one year in jail, $2,500 fine and/or 2 year revocation of license. Second conviction may also result in revocation of license until age 21, jail, or community service.

Ways to Stay Safe

  • Wear a seat belt on every trip.
  • Use a hands-free phone system, pull over to use your phone, or ask a passenger to do the texting/calling.
  • Know who and what is in your car. If it’s in your car, it belongs to you.
  • Pledge never to ride with someone who has used alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.
  • Before going out, make a pact with friends to not drink or use other drugs.
  • Agree on a code word/phrase to text a parent or other adult to let them know you need a safe ride home.
  • File your emergency contacts with the Secretary of State.
  • If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, text “224HELP” to 274637 for an immediate response from a counselor
  • Share this information with friends.